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RPG Maker FES Review- Creating Adventures on the Go

Developer: Kadakowa Games

Publisher: NIS America

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Release Date: June 27th

MRSP: $39.99

Thank you NIS America for providing a review copy of this game.

RPG Maker FES is an entry in the long running series of RPG Maker games, and is the only entry to appear on the Nintendo 3DS. This will be an odd title to review, as RPG Maker itself isn’t really a game, but an engine to create RPGs. RPG Maker FES advertises itself as a simple pick up and play level editor in which you can share your created games with people around the world. So how does this new entry stand up to its past iterations?

RPG Maker uses a very simple level editor to build your potential adventure. In different menus you can create weapons, characters, items and events to use in your game from a selection of presets or (somewhat) from the ground up.026 From here all you need to do is go to the map editor and construct your levels and place the different events around your game. The process of doing this can be very simple once you get the full understanding of it, and the game offers quite a nice amount of presets to work with that you can fully customize to fit your games needs.

The game does offer online functionality as well. You have the ability to upload your games to a level selector similar to Mario Maker on Wii U, where you can sort through various creations to play. However, unlike Mario Maker, you don’t have to own RPG Maker FES to play these games. There will be a free app down the road that will allow you to download other players games for free, and help support creators by giving their games exposure to help in the rankings. It is the gift that keeps on giving. Sadly, there is no way to actually upload your creations to say PC to work on your game further, which is a bit unfortunate.  

The only real problems I have with RPG Maker FES is that, well, it is a bit too simple at times, yet if you don’t know what you are doing, it is easy to get a bit lost. Yeah I know, two totally different ends of the spectrum, but let me explain. The game is very straightforward in what it allows you to do, but you are limited to what’s only available on the 3DS engine itself. You can only edit things in the presets and menus that you have available to you, which can prevent a lot more complex gameplay modes from appearing. The game also isn’t very newcomer friendly at times; it took me quite a bit of messing around with things to finally get a grasp on how things worked. If the game had included a short example game explaining things, it would have gone a long way in bridging the gap for people looking to get into this. That said, at the end of the day, once you get the hang of it, the complexity fades.

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Overall, RPG Maker FES is a good tool for the 3DS for people who are looking into video game design, or wanting to make their dream RPG a reality on the go. While there is a bit of a learning curve, the engine’s approach to making games is so transparent that almost any person can get into if they put their mind to it. I can recommend this game to anyone who wants to give their hand at making their own video game. Also with the launch of the app for players to download your games whenever, you could easily make a name for yourself as a talented game maker in the 3DS world.

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Persona 5 Review Perfection of JRPGs

 

Developer: PStudio

Publisher: Atlus USA

Platforms: PS4, PS3

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

ESRB Rating: M

MRSP: $59.99/$49.99

I should preface that this review is more or less a condensed version of my video review of this game. I go into much more detail within the video than I do here, so enjoy the cliff notes of said review!

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God Wars: Future Past Review – A Diamond in the Rough

Developer: Kadokawa Games

Publisher: NISA

Platform: Playstation 4/Playstation Vita

ESRB Rating: T

Release Date: June 20th. 2017

Thank you NISA for providing a review copy for this game.

It’s been quite a while since Kadokawa’s last strategy game, Natural Doctrine. It wasn’t received well due to its relentless and unforgiving difficulty if you made even a single mistake. In 2014, Kadokawa Games announced that they would try again, and in 2015 they officially announced God Wars: Future Past. Instead of the more Tactical side of the genre, they’ve opted for the more pure Strategy side of it.

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ARMS Review- Greatness Within ARMS Reach.

System: Nintendo Switch

Developer: Nintendo EAD

Publisher: Nintendo

ESRB Rating: E

Release Date: June 16th

MRSP: $59.99

Thank You Nintendo America for providing a review copy of this game.

ARMS is the latest IP from Nintendo and it seems as though they are trying to recapture the “Splatoon effect,” but with a fighting game this time. In this game, you go head to head against foes fighting with weapons known as ARMS in a arena style battle similar to the Dragon Ball and JoJo fighting games. So how does Nintendo fare for this first time into this fray? Well, all I can say is that this game will not leave you up in ARMS.

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The Nonary Games Review – Ambidex Edition

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Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Publisher: Aksys Games
ESRB Rating: M
Platforms: PS4, PSVITA, PC
MRSP: $39.99

“The Nonary Games” is an excellent way to jump into the Zero Escape franchise as it contains the best version of “999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors” and a good port of “Virtue’s Last Reward.” It’s thanks to the dedicated fans that the third Zero Escape entry was released, and that we received this excellent collection, all due to a renewed interest in development. This review is spoiler free and focused on the PC version.

The story of 999 takes place on a sinking ship where Zero, the main antagonist, kidnapped a group of nine people and is forcing them to play the Nonary game. The characters have watches locked to their arms with a number. The cast has to split into two groups, with the player having control of where the main character, Junpei, goes. The cast can only be in groups of three to five people and their watches have to result in a digital root matching a numbered door. After going through the numbered door there will be a puzzle room or two for the player to complete. Every puzzle room gives various hints towards future plot points, and alludes to Zero’s identity. It’s a wonderfully written story with laugh out loud dialogue and a genuine sense of mystery.

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Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 Review Let’s Rock!

Developer: Arc System Works
Publisher: Aksys Games
ESRB Rating: Teen
Platforms: PS4, PS3, PC
MRSP: $39.99 USD Retail ($19.99 Upgrade on all platforms)
(Review Copy Y/N) A review copy was provided by Aksys for the PS4 and we are grateful for the opportunity given to us.

 

We’ll be tackling a powerhouse in the world of fighting games today with “Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2.” Created and developed by Daisuke Ishiwatari and his team at Arc System Works, and published by Aksys Games; as of now Rev 2 is the 17th entry in the Guilty Gear series. From the previous entry, Revelator, to Rev 2, the game has received numerous changes and new additions to boot which will be gone over along with the mechanics. So with this short introduction out of the way, will we see Rev 2 exceed expectations as an enhancement, or will it succumb to being an unnecessary coat of paint over an already exceptional game? Only the Heavens and Hell will decide, so without further adieu…

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Utawarerumono Mask of Deception review – This Is (Not) A Game

Developer: Aquaplus

Publisher: Atlus USA

Platform: Playstation 4/Playstation Vita

ESRB Rating: M

Release Date: May 23rd 2017

Thank you Atlus USA for providing a review copy for this game.

Life is strange. Just a couple weeks ago, I was having a blast playing Disgaea 5 Switch, while at the same time, I was also having a blast playing “Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception on my Vita. Despite both being SRPGs, and are fun to play, both provide extremely different experiences for completely different reasons.

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Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth Comes to the West September 5th

Today Atlus USA has officially announced that Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth will be heading to the West on September 5th.

The adventure is ending because Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth will be available in Americas and Europe on Sept. 5! The game is the sequel to the upcoming Mask of Deception and takes place right after the dramatic events of the previous game.
Chaos has taken hold of the land in Mask of Truth as a conniving general has unlawfully seized the throne of the mighty Yamato Empire. The only ones that stand in his way are a couple of familiar faces who must rally different kingdoms together and fight against the powerful Imperial army. An 80+ hours long visual novel/SRPG experience awaits as you’ll get close with a new cast of colorful characters, fight in numerous exciting engagements with an enhanced battle system, explore intriguing new lands, and more. 
Utawarerumono:Mask of Truth will be released in the Americas on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in both physical and digital formats on Sept. 5. The European PS4 version will have a physical release, but the PS Vita version will be digital-only. It will be priced at $49.99 for the PS4 and $39.99 for the PS Vita (with commensurate European pricing). The game, originally published/developed by AQUAPLUS, will have its original Japanese audio
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Check out some of the screenshots for this game!
The game will also come with a nice little pre-order bonus as well as part of the day one edition of the game!
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Pre-orders and limited launch editions of the game will come with a collector’s slip case box and pillowcase bonus items (only available in the Americas). The double-sided pillowcase features the mysterious Yamato priestesses Uruuru and Saraana, and will fit on most standard pillows. Negotiating alliances, battling enemies, and juggling relationships is a lot of work, so we encourage you to lay down and rest your head on the adorable bonus item to stay fresh for the journey ahead. Full press release, asset download links, and super cute glamshot below! 
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Be on the look out for our review of Utawarerumono Mask of Deception as well!

Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle Coming to Nintendo Switch September 5th

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Today NIS America has announced that Tohou Kobuto V: Burst Battle will be heading to the Nintendo Switch along side the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita release.

NIS America is pleased to announce that Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle will also be arriving on the Nintendo Switch™ in addition to the PlayStation®4 (physical and digital) and PlayStation®Vita (digital-only). Due to this, we regret to inform our fans that the title’s new release date will be September 5 in North America and September 8 in Europe to accommodate launching on the additional platform. Engage in exhilarating battles on the Nintendo Switch™ wherever you go! The PlayStation®4 version of the game will also be compatible with PlayStation®VR for the ultimate immersive experience!

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It’s good to see that NIS is bringing more games to the Nintendo Switch in wake of the early pre-order numbers for Disgaea 5 being over one hundred thousand! It is also interesting to see that NIS America is going as far to delay the game in the US and Europe for PlayStation 4 and Vita so that all three versions can have a simultaneous release.

If you haven’t done so already check out our review of Disgaea 5 Complete for the Nintendo Switch here.

Disgaea 5: Complete Review – Football Manager 5

Developer: Nippon Ichi Software

Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software America

Platform: Nintendo Switch

ESRB Rating: M

Release Date: May 23rd 2017

Thank you NISA for providing a review copy for this game.

It’s been a long time since Disgaea has last appeared on a Nintendo platform, as the last entry was a port of the original game on the DS. Almost a decade later, the second Disgaea game to reach Nintendo fans is the latest entry in the franchise, “Disgaea 5” on the Nintendo Switch. This version of the game comes will all of the DLC which you can access from the get-go. This means the extra classes, recruits, and scenarios are yours to play around with. That said, normally, when Disgaea is ported to a different platform (typically it’s been Sony’s portable devices) they’d get extra content on top of the DLC content. Sadly, that’s not the case here. Here, it’s just the DLC.

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